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Piles: Symptoms, Causes and Home Remedies

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piles

Piles, also known as Haemorrhoids, are inflammations that develop around and inside anus. The haemorrhoidal veins are located at the lowest part of the anus and rectum.  These veins sometimes get stretched or irritated due to bowel movement and this makes them to swell. There are two categories, internal haemorrhoids and external haemorrhoids. Internal haemorrhoid is not visible while external haemorrhoid is visible.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Sometimes you can feel a hard lump around the anus and this lump can be painful.
  • Feeling that the bowels are still full even after going to the toilet.
  • You may notice red blood after a bowel movement.
  • Irritation and itchiness around the anus.
  • Mucus discharge during bowel movement.
  • Painful bowel movement.
  • Redness or soreness around the anus.
  • Severe symptom include blood clot within haemorrhoid, or haemorrhoid  can hang down, outside the anus.
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Causes

 

  • Constipation or diarrhea, both can cause piles. Straining at the toilet, increasing the pressure on veins around the anus is a very common reason for piles.
  • Most commonly, pregnant women get affected by piles. This is due to pressure of the baby that lies just above the anus and rectum. Hormonal changes also cause piles during pregnancy.
  • Ageing; as our age increases, the tissues in the lining of the anus may become less supportive. This may lead to piles.
  • Hereditary factors also influence the chances of getting piles.
  • Chronic cough, lifting heavy weights are some of the other causes for piles.

 

Home Remedies To Cure Piles

 

Ice

ice

  • Ice is a very helpful home remedy for reducing the pain and inflammation.
  • Apply an ice pack on the affected area for about ten minutes. Repeat this several times until haemorrhoid goes away.
  • Alternatively,  wrap small pack of frozen peas or other vegetables in a tea towel and apply it on the haemorrhoid. Repeat several times a day.
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Lemon Juice

 

  • Lemon juice strengthens the blood vessels and capillaries and hence gives relief from haemorrhoid.
  • Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice on the haemorrhoid.
  • Alternatively, squeeze half a lemon and add the juice into a cup of hot milk and drink. Do this 3-4 times in a day.
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Almond Oil

 

  • Almond oil has soothing effect and tissue absorption property. It is mainly used for external haemorrhoid treatment.
  • Dip a cotton ball in almond oil and apply it on the affected area.

Whole Grains

whole grains

  • Whole grains is full of fibre and helps relieve haemorrhoid symptoms.
  • Start eating oats, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, etc., on daily basis.
posted May 15 by Kiran

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mosquito bite

Insect bites and stings often cause a skin reaction, you might get a painful and itchy red lump on your skin. Many bites and stings will clear up within a day if treated safely at home. Bee sting, fire ant bites can be more painful, while bites from mosquitoes and fleas are more itchy. Even though insect bites and stings can be treated at home, people having extreme reactions require medical treatment to prevent death. 

 

Symptoms

 

  • Redness and pain are the two most common symptoms of insect bites and stings.
  • Some insect bites may result in itching.
  • Burning sensation is also a symptom of insect bites and stings.
  • You may also experience swelling, numbness, and tingling.
  • Some people may have life-threatening reactions to insect bites and bee stings, including chest pain, difficulty breathing/swallowing, abdominal pain, vomiting, face swelling, etc.

 

Causes

 

  • Honey bees and bumble bees cause painful stings.
  • Hornets and wasps. Unlike honey bees, hornets do not die after stinging. They can sting repeatedly and cause more pain.
  • Fire ant is a general name for several species of ants, it includes red ants, ginger ants, tropical fire ants, and more. Fire ant stings cause red spots and blisters.
  • There are several blood sucking and biting insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, flies, bedbugs, etc., these are not poisonous but can cause infections.

 

 

Home Remedies To Cure Insect Bites and Stings

 

Baking soda

baking soda

  • Baking soda is a popular remedy for insect bites. It helps relieve itching and bring out the poison from the sting.
  • Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a glass of water. Rub this mixture on the bite using a  clean cloth.
  • Alternatively, add little amount of water to a tablespoon of baking soda and apply this paste on the bite. Let it sit for 10 minutes. This is helpful especially for bee sting.

Soap

 

  • Soap can reduce the itching caused by insect bites.
  • Just dampen the affected area with a warm water and run the soap bar over it.
  • You can also rub the dry soap without using water.

 

Ice

ice

  • Ice is an effective remedy for insect bite as it reduces swelling and itching.
  • Keep rubbing a cube of ice wrapped in a clean cloth to the affected area.

 

Lemon or Lime

 

  • Lemon or lime juice can help to relieve itching from insect bite.
  • Just rub the bite with a lemon or lemon slice.

 

Aloe vera

aloe vera

  • Aloe vera reduces the burning sensation and itching caused by bee sting and insect bite.
  • Rub the aloe vera juice on affected area for 10-15 minutes.
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psoriasis

Psoriasis is persistent of skin disorders. Psoriasis usually found on the scalp, elbows, knees, and palms. However, it can affect any part of the skin. Psoriasis is not contagious since it's not an infection. Basically, the underlying cells reach the surface of the skin and die, their bulk amount causes red plaques covered with white scales.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Red skin plaques, often covered with silvery scales.
  • Skin inflammation, itching are also signs of  psoriasis.
  • Fingernails or toenail disorders such as pitting of the nails and discolouration.
  • You may also notice loose, scaly plaques on the scalp.
  • You may have dry, cracked and bleeding skin surface.
  • Skin itching or burning sensation is also common when you have psoriasis.
  • Stiff and inflated joints.
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Causes

 

  • Immune system; Psoriasis is related to immune system problem with cells in your body. A white blood cell called T typically fights against viruses and bacteria. But, with psoriasis, it attacks the healthy skin by mistake and causes skin irritation.
  • Skin injury, infections, sunburn, bug bite, all trigger psoriasis.
  • Stress, smoking, and cold weather worsens psoriasis.
  • Certain medications prescribed for high blood pressure, bipolar disorder contribute to psoriasis.
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Home Remedies To Cure Psoriasis 

 

Oatmeal

oatmeal

  • Oatmeal bath soothes the skin and reduces the itching by hydrating the skin layers.
  • Add one cup of finely powdered oatmeal to bath tub filled with warm water. Soak in this tub for 15-20 minutes daily. Then get out of the tub, rise with lukewarm water, pat dry and apply some moisturizer.
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Ice Pack

 

  • Ice pack relieves itching and irritation caused by psoriasis. It will also ease the pain by numbing the nerve endings.
  • Wrap ice cubes in a clean cloth and place it on the affected area. Leave the pack for 8-10 minutes. Repeat this 4-5 times a day.
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Apple Cider Vinegar

 

  • Apple cider vinegar helps restore the natural pH balance of the skin. It prevents our skin from infections and reduces irritation and itching.
  • Add one teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Drink it twice daily.
  • Alternatively, mix apple cider vinegar and lukewarm water in a ratio of 1:3. Soak a clean cloth in this mixture and compress it on affected area for one minute. Repeat several time a day.

 

Garlic

garlic

  • Garlic has anti-inflammatory ad antioxidant properties. Moreover, it is an antimicrobial agent and hence it prevents infection.
  • Consume 2-3 crushed garlic cloves daily.
  • Also, mix equal proportions of garlic oil and aloe vera gel and apply on the affected area. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash it off.
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PMS

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is combination of physical, psychological, or emotional disturbances that occur during certain days of the menstrual cycle, usually, a few days before the menses. It affects up to 85% of the menstruating women and the severity of PMS symptoms varies from woman to woman.

 

Symptoms

 

  • You may experience abdominal pain or bloating.
  • Sore or tender breasts is also a sign of PMS.
  • You may have food cravings.
  • Constipation, diarrhea are also some of the symptoms of PMS.
  • You may notice acne on your face.
  • Fatigue, headaches are also indications of PMS.
  • You may experience emotional/behavioural symptoms such as anxiety, depression, irritability, insomnia, sadness, mood-swings, crying spells, etc.

 

Causes

 

  • Hormone changes; levels of progesterone and oestrogen rise and fall during menstrual cycle. Hormone changes contribute a lot to symptoms of PMS.
  • Chemical changes in the brain: Hormone changes affect the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin. Fluctuations or reduction in serotonin levels cause mood changes, depression, and sadness.
  • Poor diet; eating too much or too less contribute to PMS symptoms.
  • External factors such as stress, depression, weight gain, lack of exercise, all make your PMS symptoms worse.

 

Home Remedies To Cure Premenstrual Syndrome

 

Ginger

 

  • Ginger is an excellent home remedy for PMS. It helps reduce the severity of premenstrual syndrome.
  • Add one teaspoon of chopped ginger to a cup of boiling water. Leave it for 5 minutes, strain and drink 3-4 cups daily at least for a week before your menses. 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

 

  • Apple cider vinegar is an effective home remedy for reducing some of the PMS symptoms such as bloating, cramping, fatigue, headaches, etc.
  • Mix 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and little organic honey to a glass of water. Drink this mixture twice a day.

 

Flax-seeds

flaxseed

  • The omega-3 fatty acids of flax-seeds is very helpful for reducing PMS symptoms such as sore breasts, depression, anxiety, headaches, and more.
  • Eat 1 tablespoon of powdered flax-seeds daily.
  • You can also include flax-seeds in your daily diet.
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Chasteberry

chasteberry

  • Chasteberry or vitex, help to regulate prolactin, a hormone that is believed to be contributed factor in PMS symptoms.
  • Consume about 400 mg of standard extract of vitex daily.
  • Alternatively, take 100 mg of vitex extract twice daily.
  • Another option is, take 40 drops of vitex tincture daily.

 

Calcium/Magnesium rich foods

 

  • Calcium helps balancing hormones and relieves PMS symptoms. Magnesium reduces symptoms like sore breasts, bloating, etc.
  • Regularly consume calcium/magnesium rich foods such as beans, nuts, bananas, green leafy vegetables.

 

 

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pcos

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a problem of hormone imbalance. It causes fertility problem for women and makes it difficult to conceive. Women with PCOS will have small cysts in ovaries and these cysts are responsible for hormone imbalance. If  PCOS is not treated, over time it can lead to some serious health issues. 

 

Symptoms

 

  • Ovaries become enlarged and accommodate number of small fluid filled sacs.
  • Irregular periods; fewer than 8 periods a year, prolonged periods (either scant or heavy), menstrual interval longer than 35 days, or no menstruation.
  • Elevated levels of androgens (male hormones) may result in some physical indications such as facial/body hair, acne, etc.
  • You may also experience fatigue and mood changes.
  • Weight gain is also a sign of PCOS.
  • You may have pelvic pain, headache due to hormonal changes.

 

Causes

 

  • High levels of male hormones (androgens) cause PCOS.
  • Excess insulin also affects the ovaries and interfere with the ovulation process. Insulin is a hormone generated in the pancreas that makes cells to utilize glucose.
  • Low-grade inflammation; inflammation is a substance which fights against infections. Women with PCOS will have low-grade inflammation and this will make ovaries to produce excess androgens.
  • Heredity; your chances of getting PCOS is high if your mother/sister has it.

 

Home Remedies To Cure PCOS

 

Cinnamon

 

  • Cinnamon help regulate menstrual cycle in women with PCOS. Also, it is helpful for reducing the insulin resistance.
  • Mix one teaspoon of cinnamon powder with a glass of hot water, drink it daily for few months.
  • You can also sprinkle some cinnamon powder to your daily diet.
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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar

  • Apple cider vinegar help control the blood sugar and prevents your body from producing excess insulin.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Drink it in the morning and also before your meals. Continue for several weeks to see the result.
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Flaxseed

 

  • Flaxseed helps reduce androgen levels and fights against PCOS.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons flaxseed powder to a glass of water. Drink it daily for few months.
  • Also, try to add flaxseed powder to your daily diet.

Fenugreek

FENUGREEK

  • Fenugreek increases glucose metabolism and enhances insulin resistance. This is very helpful for balancing your hormone.
  • Soak 3 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds for 7-8 hours. Consume one teaspoon of soaked fenugreek seeds along with some honey first thing in the morning. And one teaspoon of seeds 10 minutes before lunch and another teaspoon before dinner. Repeat regularly for a few weeks.
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